Feb. 11, 2017
Boogie to Portland : Who Says No?
DeMarcus Cousins has been a polarizing figure in the NBA for quite some time. The twenty-six-year-old is averaging 28 points and 11 boards for the floundering Sacramento Kings. This is Cousins sixth year in the league, all spent in Sacramento, and he has yet to taste the postseason. I think that it is time for a change of scenery. Boston, Phoenix, and Miami have all been floated as possible destinations, but after a trade that occurred earlier today, I think I know the perfect place for Boogie Cousins: The Portland Trail Blazers.
Earlier today, the Trailblazers made a trade with the Denver Nuggets in which they sent Mason Plumlee and a second-round pick to Denver in exchange for Jusuf Nurkic and a first rounder- meaning Portland now possesses three first round picks in this coming NBA Draft.
Now, Portland is fighting just to make the playoffs. They are a game out of the eighth seed in the West. With a backcourt duo of CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard, the Blazers should be a perennial playoff team. They have just been decimated with a long-list of injuries this season. With this season being one that they will likely wish to forget, they have the opportunity to acquire a big man in DeMarcus Cousins that could change the trajectory of their franchise. Yes, Cousins is an enigma, but is he the problem in Sacramento? Or is Sacramento littered with problems and he just happens to be the scapegoat? I believe that the latter is more likely. Portland should do all that it can to acquire Cousins and give him the opportunity to anchor the paint for them. A trio of Lillard, McCollum, and Cousins could push Golden State to the brink.
If Portland GM Neil Olshey were to call up Vlade Divac and the Sacramento Kings and offer their three first rounds picks in the 2017 NBA Draft along with swingman Allen Crabbe for DeMarcus Cousins, who says no?